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Japanese gov't issues warnings of unrest to nationals in US over presidential election

Frank Dobbs, of Henderson, Nev, center, protests with other supporters of President Donald Trump in front of the Clark County Election Department after the Nov. 3 elections, Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, in North Las Vegas, Nev. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato (Mainichi/Kan Takeuchi)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is issuing a series of warnings as there are concerns that Japanese nationals in America may become caught up in protests over the U.S. presidential election held on Nov. 3, which is still not settled.

    The government is asking people to take measures in preparation for possible unrest over a prolonged period, including stocking up on daily necessities such as food, refraining from going outside at nighttime, and considering whether it is appropriate to travel to work while protests continue.

    The Japanese Embassy in the U.S. and consulate generals in New York, Chicago and elsewhere had issued a total of 15 warnings as of noon on Nov. 6.

    The warnings consist of information on actual cases of lootings and violence, as well as advance notice of protest activities. They point out that riots may occur due to people's dissatisfaction over the election results, among other reasons. The warnings also contain specific advice such as staying away from downtown, police stations and government agencies.

    Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said on Nov. 5, "Securing the safety of Japanese people is the most important duty of the government. We would like to make absolutely sure to protect Japanese nationals."

    (Japanese original by Ryuko Tadokoro, Political News Department)

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